Urban Legends Reference Pages: Daily Snopes: ()   No More Bobbin' for the Red, Red Robin   (The Guardian)
  • A large and brightly coloured American tourist paid the price of brashness, vanishing down a predator's throat in front of a crowd of horrified onlookers.


  •   'More Than One' Jack the Ripper   (BBC News)
  • More than one person probably carried out the murders attributed to Jack the Ripper, a former detective has claimed.


  •   Don't Steady That Ladder, It's More Dangerous   (The Telegraph)
  • The age-old practice of getting a friend, spouse or bored child to hold the bottom of a ladder while cleaning windows, changing lightbulbs or painting the ceiling may cause more accidents than it prevents, according to a new study.


  •   The Myth of Sin   (Cornell Daily Sun)
  • The Bible says very little, if anything, about homosexuality. Most of it has been incorrectly translated or interpreted in order to insert a condemnation.


  •   Man Claims He Donned Costume in Bigfoot Hoax   (Washington Post)
  • Now it can be told: Bigfoot isn't real! At least that's the claim being made by Bob Heironimus, a retired Pepsi bottler from Yakima, Wash., who says that he donned a gorilla costume and appeared in the famous grainy film clip back in 1967.


  •   BMW's Easter Egg   (Popular Science)
  • There's a cheat code in the software running the BMW M3's sequential manual gearbox (SMG): Press the right buttons in the right order and the car will launch you from a stop after revving the engine to 5,000 rpm. But don't look for a how-to in the owners' manual — this feature is undocumented, an inside joke of sorts.


  •   Myth of the Missed Jackpot   (The Kansas City Star)
  • Say you get up from a slot machine to move along, but somebody slides right in behind you and on the first spin hits a big jackpot -- your jackpot, if only you had played one more spin, right? Wrong.


  •   Experts Attack Baby Blues 'Myth'   (BBC News)
  • Too many new mothers are wrongly labelled as having postnatal depression, researchers have claimed.


  •   Airline Packs Some Heat for Unwitting Passenger   (Reuters)
  • A passenger on Israel's El Al airlines got a complimentary gift on a flight home from Germany — a pistol that security guards slipped into his suitcase.


  •   Rediscovering the Language Jesus Spoke   (Christianity Today)
  • Millions of Americans have spent two hours listening to the characters in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ speaking in an exotic, unfamiliar tongue. Yet not all find Aramaic so alien.


  •   The Da Vinci Code Sparks Discussion on a Married Jesus and the Role of Mary Magdalene   (The Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Jesus Christ was a family man. He was married to Mary Magdalene and had several children, including a daughter named Sarah. Their descendants are alive today. This is the great secret uncovered in the course of Dan Brown's publishing phenomenon, The Da Vinci Code.


  •   1794 Silver Dollar May Be the U.S. Mint's First   (Associated Press)
  • Currency experts say they have identified a 210-year-old silver dollar that is likely the first one coined by the United States Mint.


  •   Mature Images Legoland Builder's Inside Joke   (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Adult-themed vignettes, played out in tiny plastic bricks, are a secret diversion at the Carlsbad theme park, where "master builders" make a sport of putting risque scenes into G-rated landscapes.


  •   Vermont Creamery Diversifies Into Crematorium   (Associated Press)
  • Just up the hill from the Gaines' dairy farm stands a small building that looks a lot like a sugar shack, the kind of thing many Vermont farmers rely on to supplement their income. But this one-story building houses a human crematory run by a couple of former back-to-the-landers who say they want to provide a personalized end-of-life service.


  •   Putting a Steak Through a Texas-Sized Urban Legend   (Peoria Journal Star)
  • Have you heard this story? I did, right around the holidays, regarding The Roadhouse restaurant in Trivoli. So did a lot of other people, more often about the Texas Roadhouse in East Peoria.


  •   iPod 'Murder-Horror' Hoax   (Macworld UK)
  • A diverting yet disturbing slice of iPod-related satire appeared online — a seemingly hoax news report describing death by iPod.


  •   Some Frozen Lobsters Return to Life   (Associated Press)
  • Call it cryonics for crustaceans. A Connecticut company says its frozen lobsters sometimes come back to life when thawed.
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